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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Sep 21, 2012 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

I,ve told this before but from the Weird category:

I'm standing outside after the Richmond show - 11/1/85 - and a guy and his friend come up to me and my friend and start small talk about the show. Then he says to me "Want to see something funny?" with that real crazy look in his eye. I'm getting a really weird vibe and don't reply. He reaches down and pulls off his fake leg. He holds it up and says "Thats f'd up isn't it?" looking for a response and wanting an answer. Not sure if the guy is going to snap or what, I am totally stunned. I just stare at him, scared shit. After a few tense seconds, he starts yelling and jumping up and down. Luckily, the crowd is exiting and totally going banannas from the show they just saw. The guy is distracted and we slip off into the flow of the crowd. My friend and I just look at each other in relief but can not believe it really happened. I know it was real but still.......

No wonder Richmond didn't want the Dead back in town. Makes the locals

From the real scary side:

10/12/84 Augusta early am hours - guy naked in the lot late night after 10/11 show and trying to screw a motorcycle and a tree

From the funny but sticks with you side:

84 Hampton - leaving the show and there is this giant ring around the moon and I mean giant - and super clear. Everyone starts looking up and staring at the sky with that "WTF is that" look and asking each other. Just mulling around looking up and trying to figure it out. Real weird already then this guy is searching the crowd yelling "does anyone have a KOOL cigarette?" over and over. I was dying laughing. They say beggars can't be choosers, but this one took the cake.

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Poster: and improved! Date: Sep 21, 2012 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

something about that Kool cigarette part stirs up my brain!

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Sep 22, 2012 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite weird little moments

Not really a favorite moment but certainly weird at the time.

It's late 80's / early 90's; I'm on Jerry Band tour somewhere on the East coast. I've got a table set up in parking lot & selling t-shirts.

All the sudden this guy gets in my face & starts SCREAMING, calling me a "MFing thief", how I'm using his copyrighted design, etc. All of the sudden he grabs me by the throat & slams me up against my van, still screaming. Fairly quickly a large Deadhead pulls the guy off me & yells out the guy "You wanna' fight? Why don't you try picking on someone your own size asshole!" Some other people tell the guy to chill out & walk away with him. I'm like "WTF was that all about??"

Turns out the guy who accosted me was Doug Irwin, who made several famous guitars that Jerry played. He was pissed because one of the shirts I was selling had a drawing of Jerry playing guitar on it, and on the guitar was a Rose or Tiger (can't remember which) which Irwin considered to be his copyrighted design.